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Day 23 / Stress Journal - "Making the Time"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stress Level: 2

I am feeling a small amount of stress, when, under previous circumstances, I would have been feeling much more. Despite this encouraging fact, I don't intend to discuss the issue in this blog (perhaps in a blog during next week).

This blog's theme is "Making the Time" and it's about self commitment and accountability towards myself. I am really happy with my life when I participate in the Spark. I eat good, I get exercise, I vent stress, I think about ways to deal with difficult issues and practice positive reinforcement. But mostly, I enjoy doing things for me. I have spent a great deal of my life doing what other people have wanted or what I perceived that they wanted, but , well, you get it....

My days are pretty busy (like most of your's) and sometimes life really gets in the way. You have to make choices and compromise on a lot. But I didn't want to compromise today on my 0 to 10K program so I woke up (without an alarm clock) at 4:30 am and hit the trail before dawn. I was in the office before 7:00 and had met all my day's objectives before (a healthy) breakfast. WOW!!! What a great day I had! I even scored big in one of those situations when you say, "We'll see in a few years who was right..."

I made the time, not because I owed it to myself (which I did - but that's NOT the point), I made the time because I wanted to. I really wanted to do it for me. And it feels so good...
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